Vaughan still wants spot on mayor's executive committee
Councillor Adam Vaughan is not giving up on his bid to get on the mayor's executive committee.
He and two other councillors, Maria Augimeri and Vince Crisanti, had voiced interest in filling a hole that recently opened up on the committee.
It didn't seem likely that Vaughan, a big Ford critic, would have a chance.
On Wednesday morning, the striking committee nominated just one councillor to the position, right-leaning Crisanti. The committee will recommend to council that Crisanti fills the hole. That decision doesn't surprise Vaughan.
"The mayor gets to choose who's on the striking committee, so it tends to be people associated with the mayor," Vaughan says.
Vaughan will still put his name forward when the vote comes to council.
"We've seen what the mayor's striking committee wants, but at the end of the day it's up to council."
Vaughan says it's important to get as many viewpoints as possible on the committees, something that deputy mayor Doug Holyday says already exists. Holyday argues that any councillor can view their opinions at the various committee meetings, even though they don't have a vote.
"We want people who will support our agenda, and Adam Vaughan has displayed quite frequently that he will not support the agenda," Holyday says. "There's no real reason to have someone in your midst that's just going to be disruptive."
Vaughan says he doesn't know yet whether he would have enough council support to reject the striking committee's recommendation, and have him chosen instead.
What does Holyday think of Vaughan's chances?
"Anything is possible."